Sam Skyborne

Sam Skyborne

Is a writer of predominantly Lesbian action adventure, sci-fi and romance novels. See more about them here: http://dukebox.life/samskyborne/ Twitter: @SamSkyborne FB: http://facebook.com/samskyborne/ Instagram: @SamSkyborne

Aug 182018
 
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I am thrilled!! I have just received this amazing review on Amazon. Thank you Lily!

“I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Alice’ from start to finish. It is a compelling, can’t-put-it-down read. I have been waiting for more from this author since the last book, and this one does not disappoint. The characters are rich, the plot full of suspense and intrigue and the twists and turns of the story are very cleverly put together. All in all a very well written novel which I will read time and time again.”

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To find out more about “Alice: A Woman’s Flight for Freedom” and get your copy look here http://dukebox.life/Alice

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Aug 142018
 
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Just received this wonderful review on Amazon. Thank you Ellie!

“I loved this book! A really compelling and original plot, full of twists and turns that you won’t see coming. Most of the action takes place in Cape Town, SA, and the writer really brings the city, culture and landscape to life throughout the novel. The characters are well-drawn and develop in really interesting ways – I found myself very quickly invested in their fate and keen to read the book as quickly as possible to find out what happens to them! This book is an excellent, character-driven thriller that will keep you guessing right up until the last page!!”

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To find out more about “Alice: A Woman’s Flight for Freedom” and get your copy look here http://dukebox.life/Alice

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Aug 052018
 
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Last year in June I decided I wanted to write a shorter LesFic novel with a romantic storyline. I had a little idea for a straightforward lesbian Alice in Wonderland meets Shirley Valentine, set in a wonderful holiday destination that I know really well — South Africa, specifically Cape Town.

Well, those were my famous last words.

I did manage to knock out a first draft of what I thought was a pretty straightforward LesFic holiday romance, but when I read it, I hated it! It felt like it was missing something key. I tried very hard to get enthusiastic, so that I could get on and write the next draft… but, I just was stuck.

As I started to reread my first draft again, I began thinking up all sorts of plot twists which then buzzed and fluttered around my brain and I almost had to sit on my hands not to start rewriting immediately. I sat with this, mulling away for about a month last summer, while I was in Lesbos and then the Maldives, where there was enough to distract me and keep me focussed elsewhere.

But, when I got back to the UK to start re-drafting in earnest, before my research recce to South Africa, I couldn’t resist the inevitable and soon my simple holiday romance took a more sinister turn. Before I knew it a psychological drama emerged, with plot twists and turns I could never have envisaged at the start.

Although “Alice” was always intended to be another one of the Toni Mendez adventure, it really was meant to be a straightforward romance!

I think I have to come to terms with the fact that I am incapable of writing a lesbian romance without more!!!. Meanwhile, I had another idea for a short series of Maldivian romances, based on the island where Toni and Lizbeth go on holiday, but even those have turned into something more complicated and mostly darker… so, watch this space!

You can find out more about “Alice: A Woman’s Flight for Freedom” here >> http://Dukebox.life/Alice

 

 

Aug 012018
 
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“Alice: A Woman’s Flight for Freedom”, my latests psychological drama is out today! Hurray! It has taken a long time to get here, but it was one hell of a journey! A very big THANK YOU to all those lovely people who have helped me get here!
You can find out more and get a copy of the ebook, paperback or LARGE print here: >> http://Dukebox.life/Alice

If possible, please share and help spread the word and sign up to my mailing list to hear more news and get updates on special promotions and reading events.

 

 

Jul 292018
 
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It is a wonderful feeling to finally hold a paperback copy of my new book in my hands. A feeling I can certainly recommend to anyone wanting to write!

But, to get here… has taken a long time and a lot of hard work, discipline and determination from me as well as generous help and thoughtful feedback from a select band of beta readers and editors.

Most people don’t really get to see the wiring of what goes into writing a book. When asked recently, I described the journey as a bit like growing your own artificial coral reef.

1) It starts with having the initial idea,

2) Turning that idea into something more substantial than a fleeting inspiration (which, I might add, is hard enough to find sometimes) or more than a paragraph or two of excitement burbled onto a page.

3) Allowing that idea to build and gather moss, debris, flotsam and jetsam and eventually form the backbone of an ecosystem large enough to sustain a coherent and full-length novel.

4) Stringing words together to effectively communicate the nature of that ecosystem and the events around it.

5) Then allowing other humans into that fragile ecosystem of newly-born fry and guppies with a metaphoric hedge trimmer – hoping they don’t bring their own chainsaw!

6) Rebuilding what your well intentioned beta readers and editors have trampled over and pulled apart, to create something hopefully stronger and better.

7) Applying yourself to the finishing touches that turns the reef from a rudimentary sunken ship to something people can recognise and might want to explore as a finished product.

8) Finally, embarking on the mammoth task of telling people your new creation exists – getting your book out there! The biggest struggle here is fighting back that part of you which wants to pat yourself on the back, say well done for the long hard slog and then put the book safely away in the drawer.

This last part of my journey with “Alice” has just started… yay! \0/ [said with no small amount of trepidation]

So, “Alice: A Woman’s Flight for Freedom”, the ebook version is current on a pre-order special offer – at a huge 70% reduction – to inspire initial interest and in the hope of encouraging my first readers to add a little review on Amazon and/or send me some feedback. You can find out more or get an ebook pre-order copy from here >> http://Dukebox.life/Alice.

This offer ends on the 1st of August when “Alice” will be published officially and available in ebook, paperback and Large Print from Amazon.

Please help pass on the news to anyone you think might be interested in a good read…

 

 

Mar 042018
 


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Another exciting novel by Jade Winters, which was shortlisted for the Kindle Storyteller Award in 2017.

Want to immerse yourself in the heroic struggle of a gay community centre vs tycoon property developer?… Then, this is the book for you. Join Heidi Cross and Vanessa O’Neil as their very different and opposing world collide in a public and private showdown that not only sends sparks flying but their passion burns the house down.

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